SpaceX Rocket Launch Carrying First Commercial Lunar Lander Set for Wednesday 3:04 a.m. ET at Cape Canaveral

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SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, December 7, carrying the ispace Mission 1, the first commercial lunar lander, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

BREVARD COUNTY • CAPE CANAVERAL, FLORIDA – SpaceX is scheduled to launch a Falcon 9 rocket Wednesday, December 7, carrying the ispace Mission 1, the first commercial lunar lander, from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

The launch is targeted for 3:04 a.m. ET.

The 45th Weather Squadron says weather conditions for the launch tonight are over 90-percent favorable.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the first commercial lunar lander for ispace, a Japan-based company that competed for the Google Lunar XPRIZE and is now developing a series of robotic lunar landers. The first lunar lander, called ispace Mission 1, was assembled in partnership with ArianeGroup and carries a package of international and commercial payloads, including two small lunar rovers from the United Arab Emirates and Japan.

The mission will target a landing in the Lacus Somniorum region of the moon.

NASA’s Lunar Flashlight CubeSat will be a rideshare payload on this launch.

The Falcon 9’s first stage booster will return to Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station.

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